Right to Information in Africa: Who’s Ahead? Who’s Falling Behind?

Africa lags behind other regions around the world in granting citizens the right to information. With 53 African countries, only 6 have right-to-information laws. However, several of these laws have not been implemented, and at least one actually restricts access to information. A large number of African countries, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania, have struggled for more than a decade to adopt such legislation without much success. Even South Africa, a model of implementation, faces challenges on transparency and accountability.

Advocates in the region have been strategizing on how to reinvigorate transparency campaigns and generate momentum.

The panel will discuss the right-to-information movement in Africa, focusing on the major challenges, recent developments, and options moving forward.


Lunch will be served.

Date: April 13, 2011
Time: 12:30 p.m.

OSI-Washington, D.C.

Mukelani Dimba, Agnes Ebo'o, Maxwell Kadiri, and Abdul Tejan-Cole